1. Drag-and-drop objects direct from National BIM Library
All of the nationalBIMlibrary.com content is available in the NBS panel within Revit. Users can drag and drop component objects straight from the National BIM Library cloud into their model. Layered objects can be opened directly from the panel and then copied and pasted into the model. All of the search and filter functionality available within the main website is also available in the plug-in.
|Drag and drop generic objects directly from the National BIM Library|
|Drag and drop manufacturer objects direct from the National BIM Library|
NBS subscribers can benefit from direct access to the NBS guidance within the panel. This maintained, expert, content is the equivalent of 10,000 pages of A4 printed at 8pt single line spaced. As the user selects objects in the model, if the panel is open, then the equivalent "general guidance" page in the NBS guidance displays. The "general guidance" shows information such as design principles, performance, health and safety, environmental and contractual issues.
|Synchronised design guidance|
At a click of a button, an NBS Create outline specification can be created from the design model. This will be synchronised with the model and highlight any objects that may not have been added (as they haven't been correctly classified).
|Automatically create an outline specification|
Once a specification is coordinated with the model. It is possible to continue to manage the links to the specification. The navigator component has been much improved.
|View the specification clauses in a tree-view|
|Toggle from tree-view to list-view to enable sorting|
|Quickly search the specification to find the clause you need|
A report on the associated objects may be generated. Each associated object is clickable so it possible to quickly locate the instances of this in the model.
|Improved object navigation|
The association report now indicates what objects are not associated to a specification clause, which specification clauses may have been renamed and which objects have no classification. The user is guided through the process of fixing these with QA information such as what user renamed an item and when.
|Improved association report|
Still at beta functionality stage is a new IFC export that allows the user to combine property sets from the linked specification clauses with the objects in the model. This functionality is explored in more detail at the blog post below -
|Combined IFC generation (Beta)|
|Video of plug-in in action|
Nice to get a tweet from Autodesk HQ too...
|Phil Bernstein - Autodesk VP responsible for their building industry vision and strategy for technology|
Also, in other news - there is a behind the scenes feature on how the plug-in has been developed and some example code for Revit API fans on Autodesk Developer Network's Jeremy Tammik blog.